how do I go about having a developer/staging environment with the cloud version? I need a place to create and test workflows, etc. and then need to deploy to cloud
Out-of-the-box JIRA does not provide any capabilities to migrate configuration. There are several add-ons that fit into that niche for example - Configuration Manager for JIRA is the top add-on in the area.
Unfortunately non of the add-ons work for the cloud due to the technical difference of the cloud platform compared to the on-premise.
This is one of the reasons some people prefer the on-premise or other cloud solutions.
So unfortunately the answer of your question is - no, it is not possible.
at this point there is no other options than the described above. We at Botron are actively working on Configuration Manager for JIRA cloud that will make creating a Testing/Staging environment a breeze.
Watch our marketplace page for updates:
"Developer licenses are available to existing commercial, academic, and select Starter license holders (not available for cloud products) who wish to deploy non-production installations for use in testing and development of the Atlassian software (e.g. version upgrades, customizations to the software, etc) that should not be done on a live production instance."
it's not a permanent option, but you can export your data from your cloud instance and import them in a server install with an evaluation license (valid for 30 days, extendable to 90). The procedure for the migration is explained here : "Migrating from JIRA Cloud to Server applications".
Another option is to create a new "JIRA on demand" cloud instance also with an evaluation license, but in this case it's only available for 7 days (cf. "Can I evaluate a product for free before purchasing it?" ), following this procedure "How to migrate projects from one JIRA Cloud application to another" .
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